On Thursday, October 15th, Delaware Gov. John Carney has signed Executive Order #46, authorizing the Delaware National Guard’s 166th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, to assist in 2020 election security efforts.
We’re told the Squadron’s unique cybersecurity capabilities will assist in protecting Delaware’s elections infrastructure.
In a statement Gov. Carney says , “Voting is our most fundamental right as Delawareans and Americans, and we will not take for granted the right to cast a vote and to have that vote counted.” The Delaware Governor also says his administration has an obligation to take additional steps to protect that right from any cyber threats. We’re told this Executive Order is a proactive measure to do just that.
The Squadron is authorized to work with the Delaware Department of Elections and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) in order to avoid the threat of cybersecurity attacks on Delaware’s 2020 elections, which includes:
- Providing advice to DTI to prevent, protect and defend against cyber incidents
- Monitoring and analyzing risks or threats
- Offering technical and architectural review support for best practices
- Responding to any incidents
- Training and support after the election
Executive Order #46 took effect immediately and will expire on December 31, 2020.